Well, in Rati Agnihotri and son Tanuj Virwani’s case, it just got stronger! With Sunday being Mother’s Day, CS watched as Rati and Tanuj indulged in some mother-son banter:
Ties that bind
Rati: Tanuj writes and visualises things very well. He sends me lovely personalised mails and letters. I have kept each and every letter he has given me.
Tanuj: I make her cry at least twice a year for the right reasons. Last year for her birthday, she got all her friends together, read the letters, and they all cried together!
Like mother, like son
Tanuj: I vividly recall going up to mum and telling her very casually that I wanted to become an actor. She initially thought it was a joke. But I convinced her that I really felt that I have a lot to offer.
Rati: It’s unbelievable how I got to know that he had signed his first film. A journalist called me up and congratulated me on Tanuj’s signing his first film. It took me by surprise and I told the journalist that I was completely unaware of this. He thought I was pulling a fast one!
Proud day for mommy
Rati: On Tanuj’s first day of shoot, I was shooting in Lucknow and couldn’t be there for his mahurat shot. When I got back, they were shooting at Sophia’s College. I decided to drop by at lunchtime so I wouldn’t disturb him while shooting. I went with some of his friends but left quickly. So I never actually got to see him in action.
Tanuj: I was actually quite happy that mum wasn’t around because I was highly nervous for my first shot.
Rati: During the screening of Bodyguard, the promos for his film had just come out. So I went to the theatre and watched Tanuj for the first time on the big screen. I was taking in each and every word and when the promo got over, I stood up and I was so busy clapping for him, I didn’t realise the film had started. Even though he asked me to stop it because I was embarrassing him, I stood up and clapped. It was my moment. Thank God I don’t know how to whistle! (smiles) I may have worked in over 300 films, but the feeling of pride when you watch your child on screen is something else.